According to the Great Zerhouni, the “NIH will support, at a minimum, 1500 First-Time Investigators on competing R01 awards in FY 2007.” Not too shabby I guess.
And the NIH … or at least the Great Zerhouni … is tracking poll numbers: “According to a nationwide Harris Poll of 2,337 U.S. adults surveyed online by Harris Interactive(R) between January 11 and 18, 2007, 63% of the public claims it knows what NIH does and 75% of those individuals think we are doing a good job. The trend data show that NIH has experienced a 12% increase in favorability since 2000.”
Oh, and the NIH brand apparently has a motto: transforming health and medicine through discovery.
Makes sense given the “NIH Core Strategic Vision”:
- Transform medicine and health from a Curative to a Preemptive paradigm
- Support basic research to identify the earliest molecular stages of disease in complex biological systems
- Accelerate translation of findings from the bench to the bedside to the community
- Provide the evidence and knowledge base to allow for a rational transformation of our healthcare system
A pre-emptive paradigm, eh?